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  • Minerals of New York exhibition opens at Leeds Arts University

    Following on from the successful launch of their new gallery, Leeds Arts University presents a solo exhibition with an international focus by New York born artist Ilana Halperin.

    Ilana Halperin grew up in New York, before moving to Scotland to study for a Master of Fine Arts at Glasgow School of Art, and now works between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute. Her practice is internationally oriented and explores the relationship between geology, everyday life and our understanding of deep time.

    Halperin combines fieldwork and study in museums, archives and laboratories with an active studio-based practice. Through her career as an artist she has celebrated her 30th birthday with a volcano born the same year; formed sculptures in caves and hot springs; and held the Allende meteorite, the oldest known object in the solar system, in her hands.

    The artist’s latest body of work ‘Minerals of New York’ takes the form of a mineral biography of the city. Halperin describes the project:

    “The project began with an encounter with the Subway Garnet, a huge historic blood red mineral found on 35th Street and Broadway. It led me deep into the stores of the American Museum of Natural History, to a personal mineral museum in the basement of a small bungalow in Queens, and back again, to a piece of Garnetiferous Gneiss found 150 feet below the street where I grew up in New York City.”

    Ilana Halperin: Minerals of New York opens at The Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, with a preview and in conversation with Lisa Le Feuvre on Thursday 28 March. The exhibition will run until Friday 9 May and will close with a performative lecture by the artist.

    The exhibition is curated by Dr Catriona McAra in collaboration with Patricia Fleming Projects. Dr McAra will also be editing the first substantial academic volume of essays devoted to the practice of Ilana Halperin.

    This is the latest exhibition to be held in the new Blenheim Walk Gallery at Leeds Arts University, part of a £22m state-of-the-art building expansion which includes a 230-seat performance auditorium and industry standard film and photography studios.

    Minerals of New York will tour to The Hunterian, University of Glasgow in summer 2019.

    Image credit: Keijiro Suzuki